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Drug use by truckers often overlooked

The demands of the trucking industry are numerous, with many of today’s drivers facing tough schedules, tight timelines and, in Alaska, frequently hazardous weather conditions. Regrettably, some truckers abuse drugs in an effort to stay awake, boost morale or shake boredom, among other reasons, and when it comes to their drivers’ drug use, some trucking companies do little more than look the other way. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we recognize that tragedies often result when semi-truck drivers choose to drive under the influence, and we have helped many victims of commercial trucking accidents seek recourse.

According to the National Law Review, the drug abuse problem in the trucking industry is so prevalent that, in a survey of fatally injured truck drivers, more than 40 percent of them had drugs in their systems when they died. While stimulants have been an issue in the trucking industry for decades, with some truck drivers relying on them to stay awake and cover additional miles, opiate use, too, is becoming increasingly common among truckers.

Compounding the opiate problem is the fact that many truckers, like other opiate users outside the industry, often turn to heroin when they are no longer able to afford or obtain prescription medications, and many such abusers appear to be slipping through the cracks. How? Part of the problem is likely due to the fact that no federal requirements exist mandating that state agencies share information about truck driver drug tests. This means it is up to the driver to share information about moving violations and substance abuse-related charges with his or her employer, but this, as you might imagine, does not always occur.

Regardless of the type of drug truckers abuse, operating multi-ton vehicles while under the influence endangers you and everyone else on the roads. More about commercial trucking accidents is available on our web page.

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